|Spring-Ford quarterback Hank Coyne (11) gets around the edge beyond the outstretched arms of Boyertown's Brock Johnson during Friday's PAC-10 game at Coach McNelly Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury)|
By Don Seeley
ROYERSFORD — When Spring-Ford found itself in a scoreless tie through the first 12 minutes of Friday night’s game with Boyertown, there was noticeable concern on the Rams’ sideline.
“That made it five straight quarters without scoring a touchdown,” Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker said, painfully recalling last week’s shutout setback to undefeated Pottsgrove. “We weren’t in panic mode, but it was very frustrating.”
It only took 28 seconds of the second quarter for the Rams to find the end zone — and that frustration — and they’d find it three more times before the break en route to a 42-7 win over the visiting Bears.
Quarterback Hank Coyne, unquestionably as flustered and frustrated as anyone with last week’s loss, ignited and then fueled the Rams’ offense by completing 9 of 15 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns — shattering the school record for career touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior spread it around to six different receivers. Tight end R.J. Sheldon took both of his receptions (35 and 24 yards) in for scores, while Yousef Lundi — who ran for one — and Ben Schein caught the other six-point tosses.
Coyne was sacked once, but wasn’t hurried or even touched for most of the evening thanks to a solid effort up front by the offensive line. And it was that line that helped unsung Tate Carter run up 109 yards and account for the Rams’ remaining score.